Integrity-constrained Factor Graph Optimization for GNSS Positioning

Xiao Xia, Li-Ta Hsu, Weisong Wen

Abstract: Abstract— The concept of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) integrity refers to the measure of trust of the GNSS positioning solution, which is vital for safety-critical applications such as aviation and autonomous driving. While integrity monitoring was firstly introduced and widely applied in the GNSS aviation field, it is not suitable for GNSS positioning in urban scenarios due to unique circumstances such as limited satellite visibility, strong multipath and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) effects. For example, the direct exclusion of the GNSS multipath and NLOS would significantly degrade the geometry constraints, thus leading to highly conservative integrity monitoring (IM). As a result, the limited GNSS measurement redundancy and the inaccurate measurement uncertainty modeling in urban canyons will severely degrade the performance of both the GNSS positioning and integrity monitoring. To alleviate these issues, this paper proposed an integrity-constrained factor graph optimization (FGO) for GNSS positioning with the help of switchable constraints. Compared to the conventional GNSS IM methods which consider measurements in single epoch or two successive epochs, the proposed method improves the measurement redundancy by the factor graph structure. Meanwhile, the switch variable, which is introduced by switchable constraints and connected with each pseudorange measurement, can not only estimate the measurement uncertainties, but also satisfying the Chi-square testing of the conventional fault detection and exclusion (FDE) while maintaining satellite geometry. In particular, the calculated protection levels consider the effect of switch variables, hence bound the position error more accurately. The performance of this proposed method is evaluated on open-sky dataset with manually injected biases with gaussian random noise. Keywords— integrity monitoring, factor graph optimization, switch variables, fault detection and exclusion, urban positioning
Published in: 2023 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS)
April 24 - 27, 2023
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Monterey, CA
Pages: 414 - 420
Cite this article: Xia, Xiao, Hsu, Li-Ta, Wen, Weisong, "Integrity-constrained Factor Graph Optimization for GNSS Positioning," 2023 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS), Monterey, CA, April 2023, pp. 414-420.
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